I’ve been toying with the idea of a short weekly article on Sunday mornings. A quick recap of the news from the last week, thoughts going into each week’s games, notes on injuries, guys to put on your radar, etc. It’ll be a quick article every week because we’re all busy Sunday mornings.
News and Notes
Khalil Mack was traded to Chicago. This makes an already underrated defense Top 4 in the league. Akiem Hicks, Leonard Floyd, and potentially even Jonathan Bullard should all see increased sack opportunities with offenses focused on Mack. The secondary should have increased interception opportunities this year with opposing QBs having less time to throw the ball. Also, Floyd is easily the best bookend Mack has played with in his career. While Floyd is healthy, Mack could put up the best numbers of his career. Vic Fangio will have fun this year.
Aaron Donald got paid. Donald signed a record-breaking deal for a defensive player. That record lasted a day… records are meant to be broken. Donald will be suiting up as a Ram for the foreseeable future. I think that means downgrade Josh Rosen as a dynasty QB.
Mychal Kendricks was charged with Insider Trading. Give Kendricks statement a read. It’s impressive, in this day and age, to see someone take responsibility for their actions. The Browns quickly released Kendricks, meaning the league is stricter against insider trading than, you know, domestic violence… From an #IDP standpoint, this clears the way for Cleveland’s LB corps to operate similarly to last year. Fire up Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert.
On the Radar
Kamu Grugier-Hill – The former Pats 6th Rounder won the starting WILL role in Philly. It’s Mychal Kendricks old role, so it’ll be 2-down. But KGH should be filling in for Nigel Bradham’s 1-game suspension making him startable in Week 1. Also, starting MIKE, Jordan Hicks has missed 17 games over his three seasons, so if you’ve got the roster space, KGH will be a decent hold for the rest of the season.
Damontae Kazee – This one is only for the deepest of leagues as an injury is likely the only way for Kazee to see enough snaps to be productive. But the 5th Round sophomore has had an incredible preseason. Currently listed as FS Ricardo Allen’s backup, Kazee will be the 3rd safety in big nickel packages and man the slot in dime packages. An extended absence by either safety or slot CB Brian Poole[/productive] would make Kazee productive.
[profiler]Fred Warner – The 3rd Round rookie will be filling in during Reuben Foster’s 2-game suspension. Foster missed six games last season due to injury and missed a sizable chunk of the preseason with a concussion, not exactly the picture of durability in his young career.
Thanks for reading the first installment of Easy Like Sunday Morning. I’ll be bringing the IDP recap of news every Sunday before kickoff. Follow me @Ben_Glaser and check out our other weekly offerings at the IDP Football Factory.